Friday, June 5, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Charlie Morton (2-0) vs. Williams Perez (1-0)
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The Pittsburgh Pirates head to Turner Field on Friday to take on the Atlanta Braves. Charlie Morton is the probable starter for the Pirates and he'll face Williams Perez of the Braves. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at -125 and Atlanta at +115. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Pirates have a 22-23 over/under record and a 26-27 run line mark, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Braves are 32-21 against the run line and have a 32-18 over/under record. They cover the spread 60% of the time.
The Pirates come into this game with a 29-24 record, and they are 14-15 away from home. Charlie Morton has a 2-0 record on the season, an earned run average of 1.93 and a 0.86 WHIP. In his starts, the Pirates are 2-0 over his 14 innings pitched this season while giving up 11 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Pirates are 0-1 in his starts. The team is averaging 4.5 runs when he starts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.67 and they have given up 148 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 143 and walked 50 batters this season while opposing teams hit .241 against them. Pittsburgh has a team average of 8.28 hits allowed per game and are averaging 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.00, they are 2nd in the league.
Pittsburgh is batting .253 as a team, which is good for 11th in the league and hitting .250 away from home. The Pirates hold a .388 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .311 which is good for 19th in baseball. With 55 hits, Andrew McCutchen leads the team while his team ranks 10th in hits per game with 8.74.
With a 26-27 overall record, Atlanta will come into this game 12-10 at home. Williams Perez has a record of 1-0 while sporting an earned run average of 2.66 on the year with a 1.48 WHIP. In his starts, the Braves are 2-1 and he has allowed 20 hits over 20.1 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Braves are 2-1 when he starts. The team is averaging 4.3 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.81 and they have given up 140 base hits on the year. The Braves bullpen has struck out 137 batters and walked 74 this season while opposing teams have hit .239 against them. Atlanta has a team average of 8.67 hits per game and are averaging 7.25 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.19, they are 22nd in the league.
They are batting .252 as a team, which is good for 13th in the league and hitting .251 at home. The Braves hold a .374 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315 which is good for 14th in baseball. With 61 hits, Nick Markakis leads the team while his team ranks 15th in hits per game with 8.45.
Pittsburgh has a team fielding percentage of .982 after having committed 38 errors with 613 assists and 1,448 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the Braves have accumlated 25 errors while having 531 assists and 1,392 put outs leading to a .987 fielding percentage.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 22-23 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 26-27 against the run line so far this season
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
The Atlanta Braves are 32-18 against the over/under so far this season
The Atlanta Braves are 32-21 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/04/15 C Francisco Cervelli Concussion "?" Friday vs. Atlanta Braves
06/04/15 LF Jaff Decker Calf Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/30)
05/07/15 LF Andrew Lambo Plantar Fasciitis Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/4)
04/06/15 P Brandon Cumpton Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
04/06/15 SS Justin Sellers Heel Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
06/04/15 P Daniel Winkler Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/5)
05/19/15 2B Philip Gosselin Thumb Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/18)
05/13/15 3B Kelly Johnson Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/13)
04/07/15 P Josh Outman Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6)
04/06/15 LF Joseph Terdoslavich Wrist Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/2)
04/04/15 P Mike Minor Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27); out for season
04/04/15 P Shae Simmons Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (2/20), out for season
04/04/15 P Chris Withrow Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (2/21)
Guy's Pick: Take the Braves
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